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Claire Mccarthy

Think Your Kid Is Getting Exercise At Dance Class? Think Again

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2016 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

In retrospect, I do remember that when I used to pick my daughter up from dance class she was rarely, if ever, sweaty. Guess that should have been a red flag.

I Give Up On Having It All

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I've worked so hard, and I want it to add up to something, to lead to something. I want to be able to be proud of my accomplishments. That's not a bad thing. But accomplishments don't keep you company, bring you cocoa or laugh at your jokes.

The Good Thing About the Disney Measles Outbreak

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The Disney outbreak could be a game-changer for those of us trying protect children with immunizations. Because suddenly, there is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spreading like wildfire -- and could be dangerous.

6 Ways to Stop Yelling At Your Kids (Or At Least Do It Less)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

"I'm crying because you are yelling at me!" said Liam when I told him to stop. "I'm yelling at you because you are crying," I said. Which not only underlined the absurdity of the situation, but made me feel so proud of my parenting and my ability to manage myself and a 9-year-old. Sigh.

The 4 Resolutions I Hope Will Make Me a Better Parent (and Wife)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's New Year's resolution time -- the time when we all say we'll do all that stuff that we do for about a month and then quit (it always cracks me up how the gym and pool at the YMCA fill up briefly in January).

6 Reasons Why Making Friends With Kids Is a Real Accomplishment

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

They know when you are faking it. Not that adults can't figure out when you're faking it. But since adults do a fair amount of faking it themselves, they let it pass. Kids don't.

Dear Parents: You Can Say No

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

"You can say no," I find myself saying to family after family. Which is kind of an amazing thing to have to say, if you think about it

The Children at the Border Are... Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

These are children. Children who have been traveling alone, or with shady people they don't know. They are coming to find their families -- or they are fleeing violence and poverty we can't even imagine.

How My Father Taught Me to Make Stuff Up (And How That Has Made All the Difference)

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Anything was possible, even the most unlikely things -- which, with a twinkle in his eye, he could often make us believe.

The Top 7 Reasons Parents Tell Me They Don't Want to Vaccinate

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

When I read about the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, polio or pertussis, I worry -- and wish that there wasn't so much fear about vaccines.

The Ties That Bind My Kids

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The bond between siblings is one of those unexplainable and largely unteachable things. It grows from shared experience -- from growing up and living through so much together, from knowing each other's secrets, from loving (and sometimes hating) the same people.

My House Is Messy -- and I Don't Care

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's totally true that I could come home from work and get everything off the counter and table (again) and clean the bathrooms (again) and yell at the kids (again) to pick up all their stuff, but, well, I'd rather not.

Should We Have Name Police?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Some unusual names can actually work -- and might be enjoyed. And, more importantly, it shouldn't matter what your name is. Or how you look, or where you're from, or your sexual orientation or whether you have disabilities. We are each as worthy as anyone else -- and deserving of respect and kindness.

A Year After the Sandy Hook Shootings, Our Children Aren't Any Safer From Guns

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We should be able to say something meaningful to the parents of Newtown; we should be able to show them how the deaths of their children moved us to action.

Why Tech and Baby Monitoring Shouldn't Mix

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

You'd think that as a mom and pediatrician I'd be happy about the idea of continuous monitoring and continuous reassurance. But I'm not.

Personal Space Invasion: Thoughts on Belly-Touching During Pregnancy

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

People thought of my belly as the baby. The fact that my skin and muscle were in the way was irrelevant.

Why I'm Rethinking Multitasking

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Because my attention is in a million places, the to-do list is monumental. And the fact that technology gives us all sorts of cool way to be more efficient makes it seem like we should keep doing more. But there are downsides to doing more.

Allowance and Kids: What Parents Should Think About

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It wouldn't occur to me to give a kindergartener an allowance. Which illustrates an important point about allowances: every family does them differently.

Want Your Preschooler To Succeed? Make Sure He Gets A Nap

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If you want your preschooler to get a leg up on school, the best thing you can do may be to make sure he gets a nap after lunch.

Should We Have Learner's Permits For Alcohol, Too?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.20.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Just as we are accountable for being sure our kids are fed and housed and stay out of the street, just as we are accountable for making sure they get an education and get the medical care they need, we should be accountable for teaching them how to responsibly use alcohol.

Parents and Medications: Are You Sending a Bad Message?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

When you do these things instead of reaching for a pill, you not only teach your child that there are other options, you teach them habits that can help keep them healthy for a lifetime.

Online Dating for Teens? Why Parents Need to Talk About Online Relationships

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Rather than just saying, "Don't do that!" I think parents need to do some real talking -- and teaching.

Why -- and How -- Parents Need To Talk To Their Kids About Same-Sex Relationships

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Our children need to grow up differently than we did. They need to hear that "normal" word from us.

Can We Please Stop Talking About Stay-at-home vs. Working Mothers?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We have got to stop talking about stay-at-home vs. working mothers as if it were some sort of debate, as if it were the central issue of parenting and families. It's not.

Obesity: Disease? Condition? Should We Care?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's so interesting that people equally passionate about fighting obesity can end up on opposite sides of an argument. Maybe that means it's the wrong argument.